Tuesday , June 22 2021

CDC warns Americans not to kiss their hedgehogs

Americans have been warned by the government not to kiss or snuggle their hedgehogs after a salmonella outbreak has been linked to tiny mammals.

The outbreak has affected 11 people in eight states this week, 10 of whom had recently been in contact with a hedgehog, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Three people in Missouri contracted the infection, as well as two in Minnesota.

A single case has been reported in Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Mississippi and Maine, according to the CDC.

The agency said the provider of hedgehogs that was causing the outbreak has not been identified.

In response to the infections, the CDC gave tips on how to be safe around hedgehogs, including "do not kiss, snuggle, or hold small pets close to your face."

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